Chapel Hill, Queensland
Primitve Methodist chapel built in 1875
|Population||10,168 (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,883/km2 (4,880/sq mi)|
|Area||5.4 km2 (2.1 sq mi)|
|LGA(s)||City of Brisbane
(Walter Taylor Ward)
Chapel Hill is a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia which is located 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) west of the Brisbane CBD. It is primarily a residential suburb, consisting of mostly detached housing and is a leafy affluent area backing on to the Mt Coot-tha reserve and walking tracks. There has been a trend towards small lot developments during the last decade. Chapel Hill is currently undergoing a 'major suburban renovation', with many of the original houses (built in the 1970s to 1990s) being renovated and updated with a few being demolished to make way for newer houses, or lot divisions. Many of the original houses are architecturally distinctive designs from the late 1960s/early 1970s and typical of the Chapel Hill and Kenmore area. Currently, there are no apartment buildings in Chapel Hill. Despite it being a short commute to the Brisbane CBD, Chapel Hill is green suburb full of old eucalypts and native plants and is set on hilly bushland terrain that leads to Mount Coot-tha which is a protected reserve.
In the 2011 census, Chapel Hill recorded a population of 10,168 people, 51.3% female and 48.7% male.
The median age of the Chapel Hill population was 40 years of age, 3 years above the Australian median.
65.5% of people living in Chapel Hill were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 6.5%, South Africa 3.4%, New Zealand 2.7%, Malaysia 1.3%, China 1.2%. 82.8% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 2.5% Mandarin, 1.5% Cantonese, 1% Spanish, 0.7% French, 0.6% Afrikaans.
Chapel Hill is one of the affluent western suburbs of Brisbane with a median house price of close to $700,000 and a median income over double the Brisbane equivalent. Many of its residents are professionals and academics who commute to work outside of the suburb.
Moggill Road is the major road through Chapel Hill connecting it to the suburbs of Indooroopilly to the east, and Kenmore to the west. The Western Freeway allows quick access to the suburb from around Brisbane and with the opening of the Legacy Way tunnel, the traffic flow is significantly better at peak times and the commute to the airport takes approx 25 mins. There are also the four bus routes, the 425, the 426, the 427 and the 428 that lead through a major part of Chapel Hill; with the 425 goes into Indooroopilly shopping centre and Toowong Village, continuing into the Brisbane CBD. The 426 is an express bus that only goes through Chapel Hill, and then goes straight to the CBD via the Western Freeway (M5).
There are no major shopping centres in Chapel Hill, but there are two small ones on Moggill Road and Fleming Road; and a major shopping centre, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, is a 5 min drive from the suburb.
The only church in Chapel Hill is Chapel Hill Uniting Church located on the hill on the corner of Moggill Road and Chapel Hill Road. The church hall was originally a Primitive Methodist chapel built in 1875, and the suburb takes its name from this chapel on the hill. There is a small cemetery beside the church. The Chapel Hill State School hall is sometimes used for numerous events such as local, state and federal elections and weekly church services.
Many locals take advantage of the hiking and walking trails in Chapel Hill which climb to the summit of Mount Coot-tha and overlooks Brisbane. Native fauna and flora are often seen on these paths. Some of these trails also attract mountain bikers on the weekends. A popular spot for locals is the Green Hill Reservoir off Chapel Hill Road which includes an offleash area for dogs and boasts amazing views of the city so it is usually crowded during events hosting fireworks. Running and exercise groups often also use this area in the early hours. There are good recently created bike paths in the suburb which link up to roads and bikeways that ultimately stretch through the western suburbs to the CBD.
There is a state primary school, Chapel Hill State School, which first opened in (1872) in Ironbark Road, Chapel Hill. The current Chapel Hill State School opened in January 1978 with an enrollment of 152 pupils after the Queensland Government acquired 6.8 hectares of land in 1976. In 1979 the top teaching block and covered area were built, and by 1982 there were 324 pupils justifying building a separate library, so it could move out of the Administration block. A number of demountable buildings were acquired as the population increased, and in 1997 a new hall was rented. In June 2012 the Ross Perry Resource Centre was opened; named after retiring principal Ross Perry. The school uniform was designed in 1977 and was changed slightly in 1994. It was also changed in 2013.
The nearest state high schools are at Indooroopilly and Kenmore. There are no private schools in Chapel Hill, however a large number of children living in the area travel to private high schools in Brisbane. Chapel Hill is close to the University of Queensland and as a result many academics and university students live in the suburb.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Chapel Hill (Queensland)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- Walter Taylor Ward. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved on 28 December 2012.
- "Praise for Chapel Hill's 'unelected representative'". Jane Prentice MP, Federal Member for Ryan. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
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